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cattle tick fever

Cattle tick fever is a fatal disease that is mainly transmitted by cattle ticks, and can even be contracted through dog fights. There are two main types of cattle tick parasites in Hong Kong, namely Escherichia and Babesia. Once your dog develops cattle tick fever, clinical signs include whitening of the teeth, loss of physical strength, anorexia, weight loss, fever, and spontaneous bleeding.

Once a dog is confirmed to be suffering from cattle tick fever, medical treatment is necessary, but this does not mean that the infection can be completely eliminated. This means that the dog may have the possibility of recurrence of cattle tick fever in the future. If the dog is only severely anemic, a blood transfusion is necessary. However, it is worth noting that blood transfusion carries potential risks, such as allergic reactions, acute hemolysis, shock, etc. These transfusion reactions can also be fatal. So as veterinarians we often recommend prevention over cure.

How to prevent cattle tick fever:

🔹Anti-cattle tick neck drops
Monthly anti-cattle tick neck drops are the most commonly used method. In addition to being safe and quick, they are also easy to use. The cattle ticks that attach to the dog's body are killed before they can transmit the germs of cattle tick fever. If you often take your dog to the park or hiking, you may choose to use neck drops every two weeks to ensure safety. But remember, even if your dog lives primarily indoors, regular parasite control is essential.

🔹Anti-cattle tick tape
Cattle tick tape is another method of controlling cattle ticks, but its effectiveness is greatly reduced once it comes into contact with water. If a dog swallows the cattle tick tape, it may also cause poisoning and must be treated with medication immediately.

🔹Anti-cattle tick spray
Anti-cattle tick sprays can be used for added protection. Since cattle ticks can thrive in areas not sprayed, anti-cattle tick sprays should be used in conjunction with other anti-cattle tick products. Remember to use spray on all parts of your dog's body before going out, including areas where cattle ticks are common, such as paws, ears and tail.

🔹Manage your dogs
When taking your dog out, they must be on a leash to prevent dog fights. It is more important to avoid them walking into grass where cattle ticks are more common.

🔹Search for cattle ticks
No preventive product can provide 100% protection. Therefore, the most important thing is to check the dog's body and the inside and outside of the mattress every day. Also check the measures after every time you go out, especially as mentioned above. and common parts of the body. If you see a cattle tick, you should remove it immediately and place it in a sealed container with alcohol. Do not throw it away casually, because the vitality of Niubi is very strong, and it is very likely that it will continue to stay in your residence and cause trouble. If you have any concerns, bring them to your veterinarian for confirmation.

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